Stories by Eric Knorr

  • The state of cloud computing in 2020

    As cloud adoption hits another growth spurt, companies are discovering the power of mixing and matching cloud services into solutions that address almost any business need.

  • IoT in 2020: More vital than ever

    Just when we needed it most, IoT is delivering gobs of data and remote device control across almost every industry, from healthcare to agriculture.

  • What cloud computing really means

    Cloud computing has evolved beyond basic SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS offerings, as the cloud matures to become the engine of enterprise technology innovation

  • How to choose an IaaS provider

    Move over, Amazon: Google, HP, and Microsoft, and others want a seat at the table. How do you choose among all those IaaS providers? Start with this quick primer

  • Dell XPS 13: Gray with MacBook Air envy

    Lately I've been changing things up a bit. For several months I used a little Lenovo ThinkPad X220 running Windows 7 and had a great experience -- it felt rock solid and responsive, with fantastic battery life. Then I switched to a MacBook Pro, and now that I've gotten used to it, I actually find it more or less a wash between the two (sorry, Apple fanboys).

  • 2011: When cloud computing shook the data center

    If I had to sum up in one word the most exciting thing that happened to cloud computing in 2011, I'd have to say it's <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/private-cloud/openstack-wants-be-your-data-center-os-167932">OpenStack</a>. This open source project, launched by <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/no-2-cloud-provider-rackspace-tries-harder-625">Rackspace</a> and NASA in late 2010, is assembling a <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/what-the-private-cloud-really-means-463">private cloud</a> "operating system" for the data center that promises vast increases in operational efficiency. The momentum behind it is phenomenal; at last count, 144 companies back the project, including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, HP, and Intel.

  • What desktop virtualisation really means

    Desktop virtualisation harks back to the good old mainframe days of centralised computing while upholding the fine desktop tradition of user empowerment. Each user retains his or her own instance of desktop operating system and applications, but that stack runs in a virtual machine on a server -- which users can access through a low-cost thin client similar to an old-fashioned terminal.